July 2007

here i present, a completely random post:
(Disclaimer: I have been thinking of nothing but vertebrate genetic disorders for a week)

YAY!!! I just finished the draft for the book chapter I have been writing… I just sent it to my advisor, so, fingers crossed that it is up to par, but meanwhile, I’m definitely getting a glass of wine =). Wow, it feels good to feel this relieved!

The book is due out next Spring (I think), which, incidentally, is also when a jewelry design book that my designs will appear in is set to be published! It was a wonderful surprise to be contacted by the book’s designer, a super awesome and talented lady (with great taste ;)…), to contribute my designs. She picked 16 pieces, and I think I finally sent her pictures of 13 or so to include. How funny, I’ll be published in my first medical textbook and jewelry design book at the same time! well, shan’t speak too soon. *knock on wood*.

in other news (hey, i’m stuck at home with a glass of muscato and my bunny and my boyfriend are ignoring me, and I’m too brain dead to hang out with people whom I expect myself to be entertaining around– long convoluted sentence but I’ve been writing non-stop of 7 days forgive me…ahahhahahaha *maniacal laughter* why do i think I will regret this entry??),

anyways, in other news, everyone is getting engaged/married/having babies. it’s crazy!! i think i’m just at that age. while me, i’m still in school. my little sis is working for a big investment bank and just got a promotion YAY!. at least she’s be able to buy my kids toys (i’ve been dropping hints to my boyfriend, believe me– makes everyone else uncomfortable i wonder why)…..ahahhaha *maniacal laughter*

ahhh life is nice. boston is hot. i don’t know how pequito deals with that much fur.

pics of his sexy pose and adorable furry big feet!!



my mailman hates me for buying so many supplies. he gave me a very upset look when i ran into him the other day, and he told me “i am alot of work”. my boyfriend says the same thing!!! now, i wait for him to leave and then creep downstairs to retrieve my mail. sometimes i pace in the corridor for quite a while waiting for him to be done with the mailboxes. it’s kind of awkward, really. but i love him, he brings me tons of goodies from around the world.

i got my driving license!!!!!! YAY!! yes, I am 25 but it’s a long story…. stolen car, living in two countries, makes getting a license an extremely boring and arduous task. or so i thought… had i known that they allow you to almost run over people during the test, i would have taken it earlier (no, i didn’t really, I just got caught between two open doors, not my fault!!)

friends visiting in august. bringing nice food from singapore. YAY!

new Japanese wholesaler. YAY and ~~~stress~~~

scholarship progress report ~~~don’t think about it~~~

how about that woman who ripped off her boyfriend’s testicles with her bare hands? a fellow half of a jew-sian couple (an asian girl who dates a jewish boy– now i’ve said too much) showed us this story. it happened in 2005 and i’m so amused that it still occasionally resurfaces as the top emailed story on BBCnews!! Like today!!


ok, i’ll publish this now, if i think of anything else appropriately random i’ll add to it. time to fill some orders…



probably no one cares, but the reason i’ve been so low key with (i.e. not making any) new designs is that

1) I’ve been writing a paper

2) I’ve been co-writing a book chapter

3) I’ve been packing stuff for my move.

Plus, (1) and (2) mean I’m mostly brain dead and visibly ill, whilst (3) means I really don’t want to wait till the last minute to pack my mountain of supplies.

My boyfriend promises to build me a stellar workspace in our new place, and I am bursting with ideas for new designs with my wonderful stash of gemstones and pretty vintage pins! If I survive all this writing, I promise lots of updates (time for the fall collection!) in about a month.

my precious *yes, say it in a gollum voice*: aquamarine, tourmaline, sapphire, garnet, copper rutilated quartz, more aquamarine (my fave!), blue topaz…


Stay well and hope you’re making the most of summer! =)

I’ve been working with a variety of gemstones for a while now, and I have definitely discovered that I seem to prefer some stones over others, to the extent that it makes me wonder if this connection is somehow innate. For example, even though many people love lemon quartz and citrine, their colours and “feel” just don’t appeal to me all that much. This is despite the fact that those two are both stones that often come in large sizes with few inclusions (and are hence cheaper to obtain gem quality stones of; for example, to find a clear emerald or even tourmaline is much much more difficult than to find a clear citrine, hence, emeralds and tourmaline are much more expensive).

In contrast, I absolutely love aquamarine (make that the whole beryl family, which includes emeralds) and rubies (actually a red sapphire). Maybe it’s the inner snob in me, afterall, those emeralds and rubies are considered precious stones. Aquamarine is just such a pleasing stone, I get very happy and peaceful just from looking and holding one (or a strand). I still think that those “gem traits” descriptions of various stones are pretty shammy (i.e. different stones are said to promote different feelings of harmony, peace or happiness blah blah), but perhaps there really is a grain of truth to them!

In any case, I’ve been buying lots of aquamarines and rubies and making stuff with them.

my girl
my girl

nekkid ring- aquamarine
nekkid rings- aquamarine

victorian rocker haute- queen mariana– very similar in style to my victorian rocker earrings, but made with all 14K/20 gold-filled findings, including chains, hoops, jumprings
victorian rocker haute- queen mariana

queen mariana’s bedside table

queen mariana's bedside table

Morganite is also in the beryl family, and I’m super pleased with this damselfly I made from 14K/20 gold-filled wire and gemstones!
for me- sweet damselfly
for me- sweet damselfly

Finally, I just want to show you guys these cool earrings I made from salvaged links from a vintage bracelet and awesome flashy labradorite:

space age betty

space age betty

Anyways, that is my mini gemstone class + self promotion post (hmm I guess they all are!). In other news, the winner of my love.sweet.eternal. necklace last month was Amanda at v******glitter@hotmail.com. Sign up for my mailing list to qualify for next month and subsequence contest/drawings if you haven’t already! =) Thank you everyone for being such good sports for last month’s contest!

*phew* Back to work! Happy weekend! =)